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Transforming the Future of Mining Operations with Fiber Optic Sensing

Mining operators face a wide range of challenges. While safety and environmental control remain key factors, the supply and management of consumables such as water and electricity add additional complexity to operations. Luna Innovations provides unique fiber optic sensing solutions for the mining industry designed to save time, money and lives.

Originally presented: April 9, 2024
Duration: 1 hour
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The use of distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS) technology is a game-changer in ensuring the safety of mining operations. It provides early warning signs of geotechnical failures, water ingress, and equipment malfunctions, allowing for timely intervention. This not only safeguards the lives of miners but also enhances operational efficiency by minimizing unplanned downtime.

Delivering ULTRA HD quality distributed temperature, strain, and acoustic measurements in real-time, fiber optic sensing offers early alerts of potential problems, minimizing the risk of dam failures and conveyor belt overheating. Distributed fiber optic monitoring offers dense spatial and temporal profiling over large sub-surface volumes, long lengths, and at locations where conventional point sensing is not applicable or cost effective. The fiber optic cable, which is the sensing element, requires no power. A single cable can deliver temperature, strain, and acoustic data with a sub meter resolution along several kilometers.

By integrating DFOS into mining operations, we step into a future where mining is safer, more efficient, and more sustainable. Join us for this informative webinar to learn more about how Luna’s Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing is transforming the mining industry.

Key Takeaways

  • Monitor temperature and acoustics to ensure compliance with environmental standards.
  • Track strain and stress changes in tailings storage facilities, dams, levees, and earthen structures to predict collapses.
  • Survey the health and performance of critical equipment, particularly conveyor belts, to prevent costly breakdowns and dangerous situations.


Herbert Schmitz, Global Segment Lead, Mining, Luna Innovations

Schmitz is a skilled technology entrepreneur and strategist with extensive experience in fire prevention and condition monitoring solutions in mining and heavy industries. His expertise and years of experience allow him to provide the best solutions for risk mitigation strategies while deploying distributed fiber optic sensing systems.

Zara Anderson, Vice President, Mining, Silixa

With over 20 years in the mining industry, Anderson’s expertise spans underground and open pit mining operations, academics, consulting, and technology development roles.  She completed her PhD in mining geotechnical engineering at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and her MBA at Laurentian University in Canada. While at Silixa, Anderson has led the development and implementation of fiber sensing solutions in areas such as rock mass response monitoring, tailings storage facility monitoring, and flow metering/process control. The progress has been accelerated through collaboration with mining operations globally and the implementation of projects at mine sites, some of which will be discussed in this webinar.